A Teaching Council Disciplinary Tribunal has been held after a teacher allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old student. (File photo)
A Christian school teacher has been accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student and giving him alcohol and cigarettes.
A hearing heard the teacher – who cannot be named due to a publication ban – had sex with the 12th grade student in her car at different remote locations three or four times on a six-week period in 2019.
She was charged with gross misconduct and a Teaching Council Disciplinary Tribunal was held on Tuesday.
The teenager – known only as Pupil A – first met her when she was a substitute teacher at her primary school.
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In 2019, she became a substitute teacher at her secondary school and taught her class. They began sharing flirtatious jokes during class time and on school grounds, the hearing heard.
Although the student could not recall specific details, he said this was not the type of “chatter” a teacher should have with a student.
The couple started talking via social media before meeting outside of school.
The student did not remember the initiator of the meeting or the sender of the first message, but said the teacher had not sent any inappropriate photos or messages.
The teacher picked him up in a car and they drove to a remote place. On one occasion, the student said that she gave him a bottle of tequila, but they did not drink it together.
They also met on the weekend night and he said she gave him cigarettes.
“She would give me a bag or a clutch,” he says.
He thought he would only get cigarettes and “didn’t think it would turn into anything else”.
The teacher was “very smart in what she did”, he said. “It started slowly at first.”
She gave him cigarettes and alcohol for two months before they had sex, he said.
Once the sexual relationship began, they went to different remote locations each time, the student said.
The student did not believe that she had given him tobacco in exchange for having sex.
“She wouldn’t give me a package just to have sex.”
The relationship ended after the student realized what he had done was wrong, and he blocked her on social media.
“I realized that I didn’t want to. I said I was done and that was it. I didn’t speak to him again after that.
When asked what he thought of the alleged sexual encounter, he replied, “I was quite disappointed that I did it.”
The student did not tell his friends and deleted the messages with the teacher because he regretted what he had done.
“I was young and immature, I don’t think about it too much now. I was really stupid.
In December 2019, he spoke to a family member about the relationship and the school was notified.
“I don’t want her teaching again,” the student said. “I just don’t think a teacher should sleep with students.”
The teacher did not testify at the hearing.
She denies the conduct but admitted meeting the student once outside the school, said Richard Belcher, a lawyer for the Complaints Assessment Committee, which was seeking the cancellation of the student’s registration. teacher.
The Pedagogical Council will publish its decision once it has been made.